Welcoming the Guests
the Evening Progresses
The first greetings are
very important. When the hosts greet their
guests with genuine warmth, they make the guests
feel happy and glad they came for the party.
party is a small group, each arrival should be
introduced to the entire group. If it is a large
party, the Hosts must
make introductions amongst those who would have
something in common. The hosts must make
sure the new arrival is comfortable before
leaving his or her side.
Drinks should be offered to
guests upon their arrival. One should not
wait to start serving drinks until all guests
The hosts should circulate
amongst all guests, tactfully and discreetly
break up sexist groups, rescue 'loners' and
diffuse volatile situations. They should keep up
the party spirit and ensure everyone has a good
hosts must also ensure that glasses are
refilled, snacks are circulated, overflowing
ashtrays are emptied and so on.
If a guest accidentally
breaks something, the hosts must take it in
their stride, even if it was a favourite.
Showing displeasure and making the already
embarrassed guest feel worse is a sign of
Some Useful Pointers for Guests
hostess should spend as little time in the
kitchen as possible and spend maximum time
dinner is ready to be served, she should
announce it to everyone and invite them to the
buffet, the hostess courteously hands out the
plates and cutlery to each guest. They should be
invited for a second helping because some
guests, especially ladies, feel shy to get up
and go for a second helping.
guests should be helped to identify the food
kept on the table and gently coaxed to try
Good guests know when to
leave and especially, if the hosts look
It is polite on the part of
the guest to telephone the hosts, the next
day telling how he/ she enjoyed the evening.
Such a gesture will make the host/hostess happy.
The guest could also send flowers in advance on
the day of the party or the next day with an
On receiving a gift from a
guest, it would is expected that the hosts
warmly thank them and show appreciation. Do not
take the gift for granted.